FootPrints Home Care Blog

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 12 March 2015.

Fall Prevention for Seniors
Fall Prevention for Seniors

Fall Prevention for Seniors


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that every year millions of accidental falls occur among adults 65 years of age and older. While many result in only minor discomfort, the others, depending on where they occur can result in serious injury, sometimes even death. These statistics are likely unsurprising: it’s easy to see the link between a weakened physical state common among seniors and an increased fall risk. The challenge lies in determining the steps that need to be taken to ensure your loved one is protected against falls.

Written by Riley McKee on Tuesday, 10 March 2015.

Nurses-Home Health or Hospital?
Nurses - Home Health or Hospital?

Nurses-Home Health or Hospital?


Nursing career paths are commonly mistaken to run through hospitals only. A little bit of research counters that assumption revealing wide variety opportunities, some of which may suit the personality and care philosophies of certain nurses much better. One of these is home health.

Written by Misty Foster on Saturday, 07 March 2015.

The American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climb
The American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb

The American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climb


Have you ever forgotten to breathe? Two main reasons why people subconsciously hold their breath are stress and fear. Pulmonary specialists believe that our breathing is an indicator for the status of our body, mind, and emotions. But what if you remember to breathe, but simply can’t? For those struggling with lung cancer, asthma, emphysema, and other lung related illnesses, it’s not a matter of being willing but being able.

Written by Riley McKee on Thursday, 05 March 2015.

Healthy Foods for Seniors
Healthy Foods for Seniors

Healthy Foods for Seniors


The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle grows as we age. While younger days are defined by a relative indifference toward matters of health, the accumulation of years requires a more conscious attitude. The body is increasingly susceptible to threat and every health-related decision has wider implications. Of the most important, especially for senior populations, is diet.

Written by Riley McKee on Tuesday, 03 March 2015.

What makes the Best Place to Work?
What Make's the Best Place to Work?

What makes the Best Place to Work?


New employees are frequently surprised at the emphasis we at FootPrints place upon developing the best place to work. Such a priority is foreign to the experience of many as jobs tend to be viewed as necessary evils. They’re what we have to do to support what we want to do. But we like to approach it differently. FootPrints employees, according to President & CEO Brian Fletcher, “deserve to work for an employer that appreciates their service” and at a place they love coming to daily.

Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 20 February 2015.

Alzheimer's and Home Care - A Good Match?

Alzheimer's and Home Care - a good match?


How do you know when it’s time for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s to transition to a long term care solution? Generally, the best indicator is an inability to adequately perform Activities of Daily Living (ADL). ADLs are routine tasks including meal preparation, bathing, taking medications, paying bills, and many others that require daily achievement to maintain a basic quality of life. The regressive nature of Alzheimer’s Disease will ultimately lead to struggles with ADLs for all who experience it.

Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 20 February 2015.

Kitchen Safety for Seniors

Kitchen Safety for Seniors


The kitchen can best be understood as the heart of the home. It is oftentimes where memories begin and gatherings are fueled. It is utilized many times daily and fulfills some of our most basic needs. But it also poses many hazards—hazards that increase in prevalence with age. Hot surfaces, sharp knives, boiling water, and items just out of reach are accidents in waiting. And seniors, whether through negligence or inability, have a harder time managing them.

Written by Riley McKee on Wednesday, 18 February 2015.

3 Signs of Care Needs for Seniors

3 Indicators of Care Needs for Seniors


In our experience, most families start professional care for an elderly loved one because of an unexpected injury, illness, or medical condition that threates the safety of an independent lifestyle. Yet other factors are frequently overlooked. They are discreet, and often routine for a person of good health. But for seniors they can be an enormous challenge and signal a decline in abilities restricting the quality of their lives.

Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 06 February 2015.

Long Term Care Insurance for Home Care

Long Term Care Insurance for Home Care


The passage of time is accompanied by many positives: increased knowledge, greater wisdom, and a more complete perspective on life. Unfortunately, it also has its negatives. Of the most prevalent are declining physical abilities that make daily life a more burdensome task. Though not a joyful experience, recognizing the inevitable effects of age can inspire the right preparation—preparation for future needs that may include long term care.

Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 30 January 2015.

Private Caregivers: Good idea or risk?

Private Caregivers: Good idea or risk?


“Wouldn’t it be less expensive to hire a private caregiver?”

This, a valid question, is one that we are often asked during the initial inquiry phase. Having to pay for the care of a loved one is, at first, a foreign concept and many decision makers unconsciously default to seeking the lowest cost option. But for a service as personal as assisted living, additional factors should be considered.

Written by Riley McKee on Friday, 23 January 2015.

Best of Home Care 2015
Best of Home Care 2015

"Best of Home Care" 2015


FootPrints is happy to announce being awarded "Provider of Choice" by Home Care Pulse. 2015 marks our fourth consecutive year on the "Best of Home Care" list, a compilation of exemplary agencies across the United States and Canada. As one of only three from the State of New Mexico, we are proud that our mission to deliver the highest quality care has been recognized by a third party.

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